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MLB-SCHEDULE

Mets host Cardinals

NEW YORK (AP) — Holding the best record in the National League, the New York Mets host Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals in their first meeting since a bench-clearing scuffle between the teams last month in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas is scheduled to pitch for the Cardinals in the opener of a four-game series — though bad weather is in the forecast. New York is expected to tab long man Trevor Williams for a spot start in place of injured Tylor Megill.

In other games on the big-league schedule:

— The Pirates head to Wrigley Field seeking a slightly more convincing victory a day after beating the Reds 1-0 despite having zero hits. It marked the sixth time since 1901 that a big league team won despite not getting any hits. By MLB record-keeping rules, Cincinnati’s accomplishment wasn’t an official no-hitter because its pitchers didn’t go at least nine innings.

— The Seattle Mariners open a series in Toronto, and will be missing some players. Manager Scott Servais said “a couple players” wouldn’t make the trip for a three-game series at Toronto because of the Canadian government’s vaccine mandate.

— Twins star outfielder Byron Buxton is second in the majors with 11 home runs going into the start of this week’s series at Oakland. Buxton connected Sunday in a 3-1 win over Cleveland. He has a .330 on-base average and .706 slugging percentage despite missing 12 games because of knee trouble.

— Tony Gonsolin, who's 3-and-0 with a 1.33 ERA, takes the mound for the Dodgers at home for the first of four games in three days against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who counter with Madison Bumgarner.

— Righthander Luis Severino of the Yankees starts at Baltimore in the opener of a four-game set. Kyle Bradish takes the mound for the Orioles.

— Noah Syndergaard starts for the Angels against the Rangers in Texas. Syndergaard beat the Rangers in April and has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his five starts overall this season.

— Astros righthander Jake Odorizzi pitches the opener of a three-game series at Boston. Garrett Whitlock starts for the Red Sox as they begin a seven-game homestand.

— The Atlanta Braves, who lost two of three to the Padres over the weekend, head to Milwaukee for the start of a three-game series. Righthander Ian Anderson is on the mound for the Braves. The Brewers are going with righthander Freddy Peralta.

— After sweeping the Orioles this weekend, the Detroit Tigers visit the Tampa Bay Rays.

— The Chicago White Sox open an eight-game trip at Kansas City.

— The Giants meet the Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field.

— The Marlins are at home for the first of three against the Washington Nationals.

NBA-PLAYOFFS

Conference championships begin tomorrow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After beating the Phoenix Suns, the NBA’s top team during the regular season, the Dallas Mavericks are headed to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2011. They’ll face the Golden State Warriors in a series that begins Wednesday at Golden State.

In the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics will face top-seeded Miami beginning tomorrow night in a rematch of the 2020 East finals.

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